“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
Greetings from Snowy Maine! Yes, we had a White Halloween, and now a White Thanksgiving. Luckily, the snow came down on Wednesday, making turkey-day travel easy as the plowing has been done and the plow-guys can stay home and eat today!
For my readers not in the U.S., the fourth Thursday in November is perhaps the most “American” of all our holidays, at least for me, and that includes our National Day, The Fourth of July. The holiday springs from a feast the new settlers had back in the Colonial era, when rough times and rougher weather made it uncertain that they would make it. Help from the Native Americans and hard work got them through it, and the colonists had a celebratory after-the-harvest feast inviting the first peoples to share. That tradition is now perhaps my favorite holiday of the year: family and friends, without all the crass commercialism that has sprung up around Christmas.
Yesterday I received an e-mail from Morna McEver Golletz of IAPQ (association of Professional Quilters), in which she had the quote at the top of this post and this one: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent. (Cicero)”
So today I give thanks with abiding gratitude:
First and foremost for my family: we may be small, and have gotten smaller by one this year with my mom’s passing, but we are fiercely loyal and love each other, no matter what. Here’s to Paul, Joshua, Eli and our critters (current and departed)! And to my extended family, beginning with beloved sister-in-law Joyce. Life is so much better because of you—you are my life.
Here’s to friends far (Marie! Lunnette!) and near (Kathy, Kate, Deborah–who’s a bit far now, and all the Coastal Quilters), you enrich my life and I am so honored to know you and be able to call you friend. And to friends from long ago in the Foreign Service, and before that school… I’m glad to still be in touch.
Here’s to art and the internet: without the internet, I would never have embarked on this incredible journey which has filled my soul. I’ll start with the QuiltArt list which I joined in 2002 (and WHIZZZZ WHOOOOSH…that wind tunnel you hear is the years flying by) and which has been instrumental in my growth–and in connecting me with like-minded souls. And to the internet and my blog–I have come to know many of you who read this page, and am so grateful you take time from your lives to visit with me. I’ve loved meeting many of you and hope to meet even more!
So let us give thanks, for each other, for our families, for art, for sharing, for learning, for the internet, and for being able to share!